HTC unveils the HTC One Mini 2: Same on the outside, massively different on the inside

HTC One mini 2

When it comes to smartphones, most of them, even the flagships feature bland designs which are not suited for their Flagship status (Except the iPhone, of course). However, HTC is one of the only manufacturers paying attention to design on their smartphones and it shows: The HTC One M7, from 2013, has won many Design awards, wowed over people with its dashing good looks and is one of the best (If not the best) build smartphones on the planet.

The HTC One M8, which was announced recently, one upped the One M7 by increasing the aluminium percentage in its overall composition.

HTC has announced the One Mini 2(Couldn’t they have chosen a better name?) , for those who can’t handle or don’t prefer the HTC One’s small (Relatively compared to the mammoth flagships of today). While the One MIni 2 retains the HTC One’s signature Aluminium build, it has lost quite a lot during the transition.

It still retains HTC’s Boomsound speakers, which are essentially tweaked front facing speakers. HTC Boomsound speakers are regarded to be one of the best in the smartphone business.

The One Mini 2 has a lot of aluminium in its composition, much more than the original ONe MIni and Closer the One M8. HTC says that the use of plastic has been minimized as much as possible without driving up the One Mini 2’s price.

The Smatphone industry is again split by yet another factor: The decision of power for smaller phones. On one hand, are manufacturers such as Sony, which treat their ‘Mini’ versions equally and stuff them with Flagship specs. On the other hand, are manufacturers such as LG and Samsung, which treat smaller devices as lesser devices and stuff them with mediocre specs.

Unfortunately HTC has decided to go with the latter: It’s Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core processor paired with 1GB RAM is a far-cry from the Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB RAM of the HTC One M8.

The spec downgradation was probably done to keep the price of the One MIni 2 stable, as it already had increased due to the increased use of aluminium in its Frame.

The Screen is a 4.5 inch 720p display, which on paper is less attractive compared to the 5 inch 1080p display of the HTC One M8. However, we doubt that you will be able to notice the difference.

We hope that the 2100mAh battery is enough to keep it running throughout the day.

The HTC One’s 4MP Dual Camera setup makes way for a 13MP camera set up which arguable makes the One MIni 2 a better snapper than it’s bigger brother. The 13MP Resolution makes for clearer and potentially better pictures than the 4MP Ultrapixel Camera of the One M8. However, we sure will miss the One M8’s low light abilities and also the cool effects offered by the Dual Camera set-up.

The front camera is a different story: It has a 5MP resolution which definitely is enough for your selfie needs.

It receives the same software as the HTC One M8, which is Android Kitkat (4.4.2) overlayed with the latest version of HTC’s Android layer: Sense 6.


You may have a choice of three colors: gunmetal gray, glacial silver and amber gold. The price hasn’t yet been announced. It’s launch process will start around June and European Countries will receive the MIni 2 early on.


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